Response protocols to address observed threats to forests rolled out

The Lawin procedures for responding to observed forest threats are published in a manual jointly developed by DENR and USAID/B+WISER.

Over 2,000 forest rangers, regional officers and staff, and enforcement and legal officers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participated in a series of regional workshops on the procedures for responding to observed threats during and after regular Lawin patrols. Held simultaneously in various regions from April to the first week of May, the workshops were conducted by DENR and USAID’s Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program.

These included interactive exercises where participants simulated scenarios involving the top forest threats in their respective regions. An open forum followed, led by a panel of senior DENR regional officers, DENR legal officers, and representatives from the Forest Management Bureau and USAID/B+WISER, who discussed the exercises with the participants, particularly their experiences and the corresponding response protocols involved in each scenario. The Lawin response protocols were developed through a series of regional consultations conducted in 2017 that culminated in a national review and finalization workshop in August of that year.